Short version: 300m swim: 5:36
10mi bike: 27:54
2nd in my ag! yay
Longer version: I wasn't planning on signing up for any sprints this season and just focus on my longer events, but I found a newbie who wanted to train for something specific and so I suggested this one, and felt compelled to do it too.
Got up at 5, had a pb&j sandwich and coffee and headed to the race. Set up transition and realized I was about as far as I could possibly be from the swim exit, and bike and run exits :(.
I went for a 3 mi warmup run and chatted with my 1st timer friend. It was a pool swim and I was # 37 (in a dual start) so once it started, it went fast. Two guys passed me at about 175m, and I was okay with it b/c I was swimming in their drafts the whole rest of the time, but REALLY irritated at the wall b/c there was traffic for some reason, people were stopped and trying to push off. I am not sure why on the last 2 turns and at the exit, there were like 4-5 people just freakin waiting!..hence my sad swim time :(
My bike went by thankfully uneventfully. I passed a few people and got passed twice (by very aero fitted people- so they paid for the speed :)
My run was also uneventful till the last 1/2 mi or so. This girl ran up to me and I asked if she was my competition. She was. AAAArg! We chatted a while. We were both wearing the cap from the Galveston HIM I did in April so I asked her how she did. She said she got 6th. I had gotten 5th. (It was a qualifier for AG long course worlds in Perth, Australia, which I was offered, but had to pass on for financial and family reasons.) She said she took it because I rolled it down to her. I was so psyched. It was so cool to see someone who took the opportunity!. Anyway, I figured, she was #67 and already had a couple minutes on me, so even tho we sprinted to the finish, she finished like 2 minutes ahead of me.
All in all, it was a great race. I was proud (of him) and a little ashamed (of myself) that my 1st timer friend beat me by a whole 1:20, but hopefully that will keep him doing it (b/c that means I have a steady training partner :)
After the award ceremony, I went to Memorial Park at 11 am (read :100 degrees) and ran 6 mi, went home, showered, ate, and spent the rest of the afternoon in the heat at my daughter's last swim meet.